Basic Knowledge

These printers do not need the same mechanical devices required in copiers and laser printers, which use offset printing and heat fusing. The ink particles in inkjet printers are discharged using a non-contact method, so the target does not need to be completely flat as it does for printing presses.

Types and methods

Inkjet printers are broadly categorized into two types: continuous and on-demand.
On-demand types are further separated into piezoelectric, thermal, and valve types.


Office and industrial use

Inkjet printers are grouped into office printers, which are typically connected to a computer in a home or an office, and industrial printers, which are used on production lines in factories.

Office inkjet printers

These printers are used in a wide range of applications such as printing pictures, work documents, and large posters. On-demand type are the most commonly used type of printer in offices, particularly the piezo and thermal method printers.

Industrial inkjet printers

Industrial inkjet printers can print not only on paper but on many types of materials, such as packaging films, cans, and plastic bottles. In order to print on products moving on production lines, ink is designed to be quick-drying.
These printers are primarily continuous-type, while on-demand type printers are used specifically for printing large characters on cardboard boxes and similar objects.


Able to print on a variety of materials
These printers can print on many types of materials including paper, plastics, and metals.
Capable of high-speed printing with quick-drying ink
With a drying time of around one second, prints adhere to surfaces quickly and are not easily removed.
Capable of printing without moving print head back and forth
The printer can work in several configurations.
It is designed to stay fixed on production lines of any speed, or move in traversing head applications.
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